adidas Skateboarding: Introducing the Matchbreak Super
This year has been a monumental one for sporting powerhouse adidas. Jumping on the back of the 50 year anniversary of the adidas Superstar, celebrated at the start of the year, adidas have since gone on to mark the changing decade with a number of game-changing drops, including their transformative Superstar meets Stan Smith, ‘Superstan’ mash-up, their collaborative redesign of the Nizza Hi with NYC culture-brand Alife, and the eagerly-awaited relaunch of their iconic A-ZX Series earlier this month. Carrying this same energy forward through an array of pro-skater collaborations, reworked archival styles and new models, adidas and their skate-specific division continue to utilise their tireless energy for celebrating sports, communities and culture in all that they do.
A brand new design for 2020, the Matchbreak Super hosts an undoubtedly classic adidas aesthetic and has been singled out as the highest-quality vulcanised footwear style that the iconic sportswear label has ever produced. Going against the usual grain of archive-specific redesigns and led by the corresponding M.O. ‘inspired by the archives but not limited by the past’, the Matchbreak Super is a brand-new vulcanised silhouette that offers subtle similarities to minimalistic profiles such as long-time team rider Dennis Busenitz’s Vintage [coming soon] and Vulc II, the much-loved Campus ADV and the all-time classic Samba OG, whilst its swiftly appointed ‘Rising Sun’- inspired signature model release from recently appointed Polar team-rider and admired adidas affiliate Shin Sanbongi has helped boost the clean-lined profile into the limelight. Signifying ongoing progressions within skate focused footwear in the lead up to skateboarding’s highly-anticipated debut at the now-postponed Tokyo 2020 Olympics, this new model has been creatively designed from the inside out, leaving no stone unturned.
Following on from its twin, monochrome debut earlier this year, four refreshing new colourways have since joined the ever-expanding line-up for 2020: tactile yellow, scarlet red, collegiate green and an all-black iteration. Hyped for its distinguishing seamless interior that creates a glove-like fit around the foot, so that it becomes one with the board for organic movement, the adidas Matchbreak Super offers a truly innovative approach to contemporary skate-styling. The tactile yellows turn to an all suede upper for the fabric composure, the textured sidewalls are styled with block-tone inlays, whilst crisp-white scallop-edged leather stripes help emphasize its affiliation with adidas’ lengthy sportswear heritage. The low profile silhouette is achieved by the innovative high-rise foxing tape around the outsole, whilst its seamless interior delivers a sock-like fitting to ensure comfort is achieved at every turn. Classic gum outsoles are definitively structured with auxetic tread markings and exemplary pivot points - a welcomed contrast that delivers a rustic, earthy vibe.
For both the scarlet red and collegiate green iteration, stark-white leather heel tabs replace the all-suede instalment seen on the tactile yellows for a more classic sense of character, whilst the crisp-white tongues, flat laces and jagged-edged triple-stripe decals remain loyal to the Matchbreak’s gold-foil persona. Smooth suede replaces the more textured composure of its tactile-yellow counterpart for a signature finish not too dissimilar from the Handball Spezial or the highly-popular Gazelle.
Unlike its full-colour siblings, the shadow-rich core black variant swaps soft-brushed fabrics for durable textile trims across the toe-vamp, cushioned tongue, upper heel and the mid-stripe inlays. A rubberised rendition of the goil-foil ‘adidas’ trefoil casts an after-dark vibe across the jet-black silhouette, whilst the crimson coloured under-tongue lining and the fiery-red sole borrowed from the OG Nizza casts striking similarity to the recently released core-black 3MC Shoes.
Continually inspired by their rich sporting heritage but never restrained by it, adidas continues to raise the bar ever higher when it comes to precision-engineered skate performance footwear. Loyal to founder Adi Dassler’s pioneering spirit, his obsession for premium-quality composure and his love of all sports, the adidas Matchbreak Super is a well-rounded sneaker driven by details, whilst the perfect combination between feel and fit presents them as one of the brand’s most impressive vulc-constructed skate shoes to date.
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